Apple Cider Martini

Apple Cider Martini
 
As healthy as I am I do love a good martini. But I don't love all the fake syrups and added sugar. So I decided to become my own bartender and create a "healthy" cocktail, one that I can feel good about drinking. A friend told me about an apple cider martini she had last year that she loved. Sounded delicious to me so I decided to experiment with infusing my own vodka with these yummy fall flavors. Now I've never done my own infusing before so I was actually shocked at the result. It tasted amazing, you have to try it! All you need is 48 hours, a Mason Jar, and the following ingredients.
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • Vodka
  • 2-3 Apples, depending on size, sliced
  • 4-5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • ¼ Lemmon sliced
  • 2 inch piece of Ginger Root sliced
  • 1 tbsp of Raw Honey
Instructions
  1. Fill a 32oz Mason jar with sliced apples, ginger, lemon, and 2 cinnamon sticks
  2. Add Vodka and pour to cover apple slices
  3. Add 1 tbsp of Raw Honey and shake ingredients vigorously
  4. Continue to shake the Mason jar periodically throughout the next 48 hours
  5. To serve strain liquid with sieve and pour into a pitcher or martini shaker with ice
  6. Pour individual servings into a martini glass and add a cinnamon stick as a stirrer
Notes
Apples are the main ingredient in this drink. They are packed full of antioxidants and the juice actually helps to detoxify the body which makes it the perfect compliment to vodka. Apples also conveniently contain a substance called malic acid, that helps maintain liver function.



The little bit of lemon helps to alkalize this drink and counteract the acidity of the alcohol. Plus Lemon gives you a good dose of Vitamin C and has anti-viral, anti-septic, and anti-microbial properties.



Ginger root in Chinese Medicine is an herb to that helps treat colds and relieve nausea. Its warm nature increases perspiration and helps your body to detoxify. It also happens to be a great anti-inflammatory if you have any aches or pains.



Cinnamon is also an herb in Chinese Medicine. It is used to treat colds and provide pain relief to achy joints. In Western Medicine Cinnamon regulates blood sugar and lowers cholesterol. It is also considered anti-fungal and can help combat candida.



Raw Honey is used as an all natural sweetener here. I prefer to use honey because you get the added benefit of it being an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral substance. Plus honey unlike other sweeteners actually improves blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. And there are several studies that source honey as an immune boosting food.



Now I don't know about you but if I am going to have a drink I would rather the alcohol be mixed with all these extra added health benefits. Plus this is a great cocktail to impress with at the holidays, it is guaranteed to be a hit!